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NSF Research Exchange Program

NSF Advancing Graduate Education & the Professoriate (AGEP) Research Exchange Program

Stanford is a participating institution in the Research Exchange Program, an alliance that connects graduate students and postdocs with faculty hosts and research groups at nine universities (UC Berkeley, Caltech, Harvard, UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Texas Austin, University of Washington, and Georgia Technology). This NSF-funded program sponsors a visit with a faculty member or research scientist in a doctoral student’s field of interest for a short period to learn new research techniques, engage in collaborative discussion for innovative problem solving, explore other labs, and promote face-to-face interaction.  

The goals of the program are to promote cross-institutional exchange between students, postdocs, and faculty across the alliance institutions, aid students in their search for postdoctoral mentors, help researchers identify future collaborators, and welcome students and postdocs into the broader engineering and scientific network.

The alliance will match students and postdocs with faculty hosts in their areas of research and provide funding for them to visit the other participating institutions of their choosing in order to present their work and ideas, learn new techniques and approaches in other research groups, engage in collaborative discussions and innovation, and broaden their perspective and career opportunities.

Visits are normally expected to last about 3-7 days, and travel and accommodation support will be up to $1,500, in the form of travel reimbursement.


Current Stanford graduate students and postdocs who are in Astronomy, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Physics, and all School of Engineering & Applied Science disciplines  are eligible for the program. The eligibility criteria are set forth in the NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). At the time of the visit, you must have an active Stanford appointment.

Please note: The Research Exchange can only accept applications from U.S. citizens.  Our partner, PPFP, considers applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other scholars who are legally authorized to work in the United States.